In keeping with my longstanding tradition, I’ve written some notes from our latest jaunt through the countryside. This past weekend, Becky, Michelle, Matt and I followed the Bourbon Trail (Bourbon Country). Specifically, we visited a handful of the distilleries between Louisville and Lexington in Kentucky. We started with the Bulleit Distillery in Louisville. The next day we visited both Makers Mark and Four Roses. On the third day (Monday) we visited the Buffalo Trace and Woodford Distilleries near Frankfurt.
We decided back in August our grown children would enjoy a family vacation if we visited the different distilleries in Kentucky. Being able to tour distilleries with your children is best done when they are adults. We could only afford to spend three days, so we needed to be efficient with our time. We avoided several of the larger distilleries in the Louisville area so we could visit the less commercial manufacturers. We resolved to purchase those bourbons less likely be found on local shelves. Not every bottle we purchased is obscure – but several can only be purchased at the distillery.
My recommendation to anyone interested in enjoying the Bourbon Trail would be to spend some time researching the distilleries understanding the hours of operation for the tours and the length of time individual tours can take. Were I to sample the distilleries again, I would focus on those which offer unique varieties for sale. While the Buffalo Trace distillery produces a number of labels, the three they sell at the distillery are all available in our local liquor store. Woodford Distillery and Maker’s Mark both offered unique bottles unavailable locally. The tours are great – but you’ll enjoy the unique bourbons when you get home.
Below I have included pictures (with commentary) of the different bourbons we purchased on our trip: